Sergeant exam fail­ure rate a wake-up call for BPD

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Joanne Nathans, Bal­ti­more

What are the rea­sons 241 of the 273 city po­lice of­fi­cers who took the re­cent sergeant’s test failed the exam? (“Only 11.7 per­cent of Bal­ti­more po­lice of­fi­cers pass lat­est sergeant exam, leav­ing de­part­ment short,” Oct. 11.) This is by far the low­est pass rate within mem­ory. What does it tell us? What can be done to iden­tify and rem­edy de­fi­cien­cies in the 241 test tak­ers who did not pass — and per­haps of­fer them a sec­ond chance?

The po­lice of­fi­cers tested had at least three years of ex­pe­ri­ence. But polic­ing is a dif­fi­cult and com­plex oc­cu­pa­tion. Does the de­part­ment pro­vide on­go­ing pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment to im­prove of­fi­cers’ skills in work­ing with the com­mu­nity, their knowl­edge of city, state, and fed­eral laws re­lat­ing to po­lice work, their lead­er­ship skills? For the ben­e­fit of our city we should nur­ture their en­ergy and ded­i­ca­tion and sup­port their pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment.

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